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Career Investigation

  1. 1. Task Headings 1. Objectives / Aims 2. Research & Planning 3. Carrying Out The Investigation 4. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings 5. Self-Evaluation
  2. 2. Choosing A Career • Look at the next set of videos and start thinking about what job you might like to investigate. • Doing an interest assessment on is a good way to find suitable jobs. • You can also investigate people talking about jobs on YouTube.
  3. 3. Choosing A Career • Go to page 2. List your top five choices from your interest test. • Research these five jobs in more detail. • Narrow your choice down to three. • List your top three jobs on page 2.
  4. 4. Choosing A Career • Print out detailed job descriptions of the three jobs. • Read them and highlight any relevant information. • Choose one for your Career Investigation and write it down on page 2. • Then give a reason why you chose this job.
  5. 5. Objectives / Aims Go to page 3. State one clear aim for your task & fully justify it. For example: Aim: I want to find out all I can about a career in carpentry. Why? So I can know for certain if I want to do an Apprenticeship.
  6. 6. •Decide how to collect your information. •Use the chart on page 4 and circle which methods of research you will use. •Pick at least one from each box. Research & Planning – Methods See next slide for example
  7. 7. Research & Planning - Methods
  8. 8. Research & Planning – Action Plan Create an Action Plan. On page 5, write in what needs to be done for you to understand everything about the job/career. See next slide for example
  9. 9. Research & Planning – Action Plan Order Things To Do 1st Register and do an interest test on 2nd Ring up Murphy’s & Co. Ltd. to organise an interview with an employee 3rd Go to Murphy’s & Co. Ltd. and interview employee. 4th Went to College of F.E. Open Day. 5th Inquire if I could organise work experience in the area of carpentry 6th Start write up
  10. 10. Research & Planning - Resources  Computer  Library  Printer  Mobile Phone  Scanner  Camera  Video Camera  Guidance Counsellor  Murphy’s & Co. Ltd. List the things that you needed to complete the investigation.
  11. 11. Research & Planning – Real Life Example On page 7, complete a short report on an organisation where the job exists. The company website is a good place to start. Print out any relevant information. Make sure you highlight the important bits.
  12. 12. Use the following headings for your report: • Company Name • Established • Product / Service description • Number of people working there • Number of people doing the job you are investigating
  13. 13. Research & Planning – Who Can Help? On page 7, write in as many people as you can that could help you to find out about the job. Prompts: •Someone Doing The Job •Family •Friends •Receptionist •HR Department People
  14. 14. Research & Planning – Who Can Help? •Choose one person from your list. •Make contact and organise a meeting. •Record these details page 8.
  15. 15. Research & Planning – Who Can Help? When are you going to make contact? Why have you chosen this person? Name Company Address Phone number Date of Meeting Time
  16. 16. Research & Planning - Alternative Solutions If the person you chose to interview is unavailable, how else will you find the information you need? List them on page 8. Prompts •Phone Call •Email •Letter •Get another person recommended
  17. 17. Carrying Out The Task To carry out your investigation divide your task into the three sections from page 4 and use the methods you circled. See next slides for examples Education Work Environment People
  18. 18. Carrying Out The Task In the Learner’s Record we have chosen to focus on Qualifax, Interviews and Guidance Counsellors as an example of how to do the task. However, it is recommended that you investigate your career with as many methods from p4 as possible.
  19. 19. Investigation - Education On pages 9 & 10, investigate two courses that allow progression to your area of interest / job. is a useful tool to do this.
  20. 20. Investigation - Education Qualifax gives you basic course information. The college’s website is a good place to give you a broader picture on college life and facilities. You could also ring the college, ask for a prospectus.
  21. 21. Print and/or highlight any information you think is important. Include it in your task. Source, read, find what is relevant and evidence it. Investigation - Education
  22. 22. Find Out About An Open Day (if on-line, click on image below to go to
  23. 23. You could organise someone from Solas to come & give a talk on how it can help Jobseekers & Apprenticeships. Investigation – Work Environment
  24. 24. Investigation – Work Environment Following on from the report you did on page 7 of a real life example, use the interview questions on the next few slides to investigate the work environment further.
  25. 25. Investigation - People Keep a written account of any interviews done using the template below found on page 11. Person’s Name Job Title Date of interview Time of interview Place of interview Aim of the interview
  26. 26. Investigation - People Use the sample questions on pages 11-13 to help you during your interview and feel free to make up your own.
  27. 27. Investigation - People • Why did you choose this career? • Do you find the career interesting? • What training was involved? • Are you paid well? • What equipment do you use every day?
  28. 28. Investigation - People • What type of environment do you work in? • Do you work on your own or with others? • What are the key skills involved in this job? • What are the bad things about the job? • What are the good things about the job?
  29. 29. • You could interview a lot more people by creating a Survey about the job you are investigating. • Ask permission of the employer if you can hand them out to staff in companies your type of job is done in. • Questions that can be answered with a Yes or a No work best. Investigation - People
  30. 30. Investigation - People You could also organise your Work Experience in a company that does the job you are investigating. Remember to take lots of photos (with permission), ask lots of questions and record everything. Source, read, find what is relevant and evidence it.
  31. 31. Investigation - People Make an appointment to see your Guidance Counsellor. Use the following questions on page 14 to help investigate your job further:
  32. 32. • Do you think I am suited to this career? Why? • What is the future like for this career? • Will the qualifications that I get from school allow me to start my career? • Is there a course in college or Further Education that I should consider doing? Investigation - People
  33. 33. Investigation – Task List Go to page 15. Looking back, list and briefly explain the steps you took to find your information. Date Task Done 1st Mar 20th Watch careers video 2nd Mar 21st Print out internet research 3rd Mar 22nd Conduct interview with employee 4th Mar 23rd Print out a map of company’s location
  34. 34. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings – Results • Using the checklist on page 16, include results of any questionnaires / surveys undertaken. • Present them in a graph for better communication. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
  35. 35. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings On page 17, write down your original aim(s) again from page 2. Did you achieve your aim(s)? Yes? No? Why? i.e. Did the information you gathered tell you what you needed to know in order to achieve your aim(s)?
  36. 36. If the answer is Yes, refer to that information in your write up. e.g. results of surveys, interest tests, interviews. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings
  37. 37. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings If the answer is No, write down what happened that stopped you from achieving your aim(s). e.g. people unavailable for interview or poor organisation.
  38. 38. Presentation & Analysis Of Findings What was the most useful piece of research to your investigation? Why? Write this down on page 17.
  39. 39. Self-Evaluation Go to page 18 and rate your overall performance by circling one of the below descriptions: Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor Explain why you rated yourself this way.
  40. 40. Include an assessment of what you did well and would do differently the next time on page 18. Self-Evaluation
  41. 41. Self-Evaluation Write two things you learned about yourself while doing this task on page 19. e.g. I have learned that I can organise myself and can work alone, this I discovered when I organised the interview found the address and did a great interview.
  42. 42. Self-Evaluation • List any skills or qualities you now know you have on page 19. • Then write about two problems and how you solved them.
  43. 43. Self-Evaluation Detail any learning that could be useful to you in the future on page 20. Did you change future plans? Explain why.
  44. 44. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks You get 10% for being original. In other words your task needs to be different from your class mates’. Your task needs to show clever ways of finding out information about the job you are investigating.
  45. 45. You can get another 10% for: • A Contents Page • Neatness • Clearness (needs to read well) • Pictures • Graphs • A Bibliography (details of websites / publications used) • An Appendix (see next slide) Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks
  46. 46. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks - Appendix Include the following evidence here to personalise your investigation: • Photos – Take lots of photos but make sure you have permission if you need it. • Internet Research - Keep print outs of relevant internet research you used in your write up. Highlight relevant information. • Maps - Print out and keep copies of any maps of places you visited as part of your task.
  47. 47. You can get another 10% for showing that you have used three other subjects. These could include: • Some maths (graphs or calculations). • Some IT skills in clip art or scanning photos. • Communication skills in writing out a questionnaire or letter. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks – Cross Curricular
  48. 48. You can get another 20% by gathering background and new information about the job using as many methods as possible. Give good attention to this. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks - Research & Planning
  49. 49. You can get another 20% by providing evidence that you did what you said you would do in the Research & Planning section. Make sure the information is relevant and you understand it. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks - Carrying Out The Investigation
  50. 50. You can get another 10% by writing about what you found during the investigation. What you write here needs to refer to your aims at the beginning of your project on page 2. Tips For Picking Up Extra Marks – Presentation & Analysis of Findings
  51. 51. Assessment Interview Remember that when you are interviewed you can go up by 1, 2 or 3 credits so be ready to talk a lot. The examiner asks questions which allows you to fill in any gaps that your task write up may have.